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Here to Stay Is the New Bird

The current situation in our backyard. The two trees in the foreground have Christmas lights on them, so I hope to snag another photo at twilight.
The current situation in our backyard. The two trees in the foreground have Christmas lights on them, so I hope to snag another photo at twilight.

I walked the Get Lit Fun Run Thursday night. I froze my buns off, but what an invigorating and beautiful way to ring in a new year. Several things were different this year versus times past. We used to begin the race at 11:55pm so while we were about 1/4 to 1/2 way into our run, it turned midnight and the skies overhead were brilliant with fireworks, meanwhile we were running through lighted floats. AMAZING. It also used to be a 2-mile course and it's barely over a mile now. Now they also have bonfires (I believe this is the first year for plural bonfires--pre-COVID times was one large fire, to my knowledge, though I never ran when there was a bonfire at all) and a trolley! Bumping up the run time and adding the trolley definitely makes it more of an all-inclusive family event, but I did miss running at midnight when the fireworks went off. As you know, the seal/sea lion is my spirit animal. My fingers were too frozen to take additional shots, but at least I got my sealie babies! ♥

Just a couple of silly sealie pups playing ball. It's always my favorite display at Folepi Park, but I also LOVE Dragon Alley.
Just a couple of silly sealie pups playing ball. It's always my favorite display at Folepi Park, but I also LOVE Dragon Alley.

Right now in Central Illinois, you are walking through a winter wonderland every time you take a step outdoors. I can't deny that it's beautiful. I just wish it could look like this with an added 40F degrees on top of all that beauty! haha I dressed appropriately for the walk, except I don't remember my arse getting so frozen in years past. So, I stayed pretty toasty except my butt. I put on fleece jammy bottoms and hopped into bed the moment I got home. It was only about 11pm, and I did stay awake to greet the new year, but barely. It felt good though...as much as I love a good party, this wasn't the year for it. I brought in the new year in a healthy way and I wish health, wealth and love to you all in 2021. ♥

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